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Press Release: AJF Reaccredited by the International Economic Development Council

12/13/2020 by Jessika Leatherbury
Tags: IEDC, AEDO, James Eldridge

Ada Jobs Foundation Reaccredited by the International Economic Development Council

AJF one of only 68 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC.




WASHINGTON, DC – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that the Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) has once again been recognized as one of 68 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in November 2016, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC following four successful years of activity as an AEDO member.

“The Ada Jobs Foundation displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of this honor”, said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.

The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer review process that measures economic development organizations against commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization, funding, program, and staff of the candidate economic development organization.

Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the community and prospects that the Ada Jobs Foundation attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed, and their business is in good hands.

Maintenance of the AEDO status is required every three years, and is accomplished through documentation submission and/or onsite/virtual visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.

"As one of only 68 economic development organizations recognized as an AEDO, we are very honored and thankful for the hard work of so many in our community," stated James Eldridge, President and CEO of the Ada Jobs Foundation. "The Team who reviewed our re-accreditation application highlighted our work with BR&E and entrepreneurship programs, as well as the Business Improvement Grant and approach with the new community economic development strategic plan."

The International Economic Development Council is the largest membership association serving economic and community development professionals in the world. With over 5,000 members nationwide and abroad, IEDC offers the economic development profession one source for information and professional development, one voice for the profession and one force for advocacy. For more information on IEDC or the AEDO program, please contact AEDO Program Manager Dana Crater at 910-821-9245 or dcrater@iedconline.org, or visit IEDC’s website at http://www.iedconline.org/AEDO.